Q&A: SAMe or St. John’s Wort?

Q.   A friend of mine just tried SAMe for depression and is having a very positive experience with it in a very short time. Can you tell me why in The Triple Whammy Cure you emphasize St. John’s Wort as a natural antidepressant instead?

A. As part of my response to this excellent question, I’m going to devote a future health tip to a more comprehensive review of  SAMe, which I do like as a safe and effective antidepressant. In the book I emphasize St. John’s wort for several reasons:

  • St. John’s wort has more published clinical studies than SAMe, a relative newcomer on the scene.
  • There’s a cost factor. SAMe is simply more expensive than St. John’s wort.
  • Finally, dosing is mildly inconvenient with SAMe. You must take it on an empty stomach, either one hour before eating or two hours after. As a major proponent of keeping things simple, I like the easier scheduling with St. John’s wort.

With that said, St. John’s wort doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re among this group and you’re reluctant to move to a prescription antidepressant, or you simply want to try a faster-acting natural antidepressant, SAMe might be just the ticket. Read more about it by clicking here.

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Workshop for Healthy Digestion

Gentle Yoga For Digestive Health

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014
Noon to 2:30 pm; $40

The holiday season brings countless occasions to celebrate with family, friends, and coworkers, leading to periods of higher stress, overindulgence, and indigestion.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Gentle Yoga for Digestive Health will take an in-depth look at the function of the digestive system, how it responds to stress and over-eating/drinking, and healing practices for digestive health. Accessible to all levels, the workshop will teach breathing techniques; short, guided meditations; and gentle movement to facilitate healing. You’ll leave with the tools you need to cultivate a balanced and detoxified digestive system, through the holidays and beyond.

For more information or to register, please contact Renee at Renee@wholehealthchicago.com or call (773) 296-6700.

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